October 27, 2001
The Floating Box, A Story in Chinatown
Composer:Jason Kao Hwang
Librettist:Catherine Filloux
Synopsis
With music creating a cross-cultural landscape of dreams, memories, and stark realities, "The Floating Box, A Story in Chinatown" tells an essential and mythic tale of one family's loss, transformation, and survival. After her father's sudden death, Eva/Yee-Wa, who was raised in the U.S., struggles with her mother's fierce silence. As her father appears in both memory and spirit, she confronts a forbidden box of composite photographs and fragmented images, which unearth a mysterious past.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:40

Number of Acts
1

Musical Style
a merging of Chinese and Western modalities

Vocal & Musical Forces
soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone, orchestra

Original Cast
Sandia Ang, Eva Ryu-Kyung Kim, Mother Zheng Zhou, Father's ghost


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